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Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception 

Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception

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Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception
Author(s):

Robert M. Veatch

, Amy Haddad

, and E. J. Last

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190277000.003.0011
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date: 24 August 2017

Some of the most consistently debated ethical issues in health care are the moral conflicts regarding abortion, sterilization, and contraception. This chapter asks readers to consider these topics. These areas raise the same general moral themes covered in the field of biomedical ethics but do so in a dramatic and emotionally charged setting. These issues of reproductive ethics also pose a different kind of question: To whom do the basic principles of biomedical ethics apply? Cases in this chapter address the difficult considerations raised in cases of abortion, postcoital contraception following sexual assault, sterilization of the economically deprived, and teaching about birth control.

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